The autumn season is proving busy for Stage Light Design, the exhibition and conference creative lighting design specialists. The company is providing equipment, crew and lighting design services for no less than four stands at the massive Geneva Telecom quadrennial at the PalExpo. All stands have creative lighting designed by a collaboration between John Rinaldi and Alastair Crooks. In Geneva, Stage Light Design lit two shows for Intel, one in Paris and the other in Milan. These were re-runs of their highly successful imaginative lighting for Intel stands at the Networks show in Birmingham earlier in the year.
Cyril Griffiths died after a short illness on September 30th. He will be known to many in the industry having spent 42 years in the business, starting in 1948 at the Phoenix Theatre, later going on to work as group engineer and subsequently technical director for 13 Stoll Moss Theatres. He also established TSL - one of the key suppliers of lighting and sound equipment to the West End which was bought by the White Light Group in 1991. The funeral takes place on Friday 8th October at Putney Vale Crematorium, London.
DJ equipment manufacturer Entertainment Technology, part of the Leaf Group, is moving to new premises. By 1st December the company's offices, warehousing and R&D will be situated under one roof at Unit 21, Warner Drive, Springwood Industrial Estate, Braintree, Essex, CM7 2YW, UK.
Following a record sales year for BSS Audio, the company is moving from their Linkside House premises in Potters Bar to the neigbouring Cranborne House. While the company's production facilities are already located at Cranborne House, the R&D sales, marketing and administration departments are relocating to the more spacious premises with immediate effect.The company's new address is Cranborne House, Cranborne Road, Cranborne Industrial Estate, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 3JN, UK.
In response to demand from sound contracting and conference system installers, beyerdynamic has designed an 'intelligent' 10-channel mixer for integration into computer-controlled sound systems. Supporting up to six microphones and four stereo line inputs, the Mix 10 can be interfaced to a PC or third party control system via an RS232 connection, giving access to input and output selection with status reply and volume settings. Housed in a single rack unit, the Mix 10 includes a wide range of facilities including a mix-bus connection point, microphone ducking function as well as several different output options for connection to external destinations and recording equipment. Phantom power is available on all of the microphone inputs which also have insert points for using external dynamics control systems.
At the end of a busy touring and festival season, sales of XTA processing equipment remain strong. XTA's UK distributor, beyerdynamic, report a growing level of sales across the range, including the popular DP226 loudspeaker processor. Recent buyers of the DP226 include ML Executive and Skan PA Hire, as well as many units being taken by The Music Company in Bradford for their numerous installation contracts around the UK. Recent sales of the new DS800 microphone distribution systems include John Henry Group, which has taken a 40-channel system, now in regular use on Top of the Pops. Wigwam, meanwhile, have invested in a further 48 channels of DS800 microphone distribution system for integration with their d&b loudspeaker systems, as well as adding more XTA GQ600 graphic equalisers.
The PRG Lighting Group has made three changes to its sales and marketing team. Bill Groener and Zoe Paine move to expanded roles at Production Arts, while Patrick Eagleton has new responsibilities with the PRG Lighting Group. Groener becomes vice president of system sales for Production Arts, whilst Paine has been appointed director of rentals and production sales for the company. Meanwhile, Eagleton has accepted the position of marketing support manager for the newly formed marketing group at the (PRG) Lighting Group. Most recently, he was product manager for the Robert Juliat product line.
Leicestershire-based Hawthorn Theatrical has supplied lighting, sound and projection equipment for a major production which marks the start of a Millennium celebration of 1,000 years of village life. The show, which involves 200 local villagers including a cast of 70, has been two years in the making and has been playing to packed audiences at St. Mary's Church, Goudhurst, Kent. Lighting designer Nick Gale used a mixture of MAC 500s and 600s for Gaudeamus!, along with StageScans, to complement the generic rig which included Selecon's pacific luminaires. One of Hawthorn's Avolites Pearl consoles was used to control the show's 200+ cues. Also supplied was a Martin Audio Wavefront sound system and Denon MiniDisc machines, overseen by an Allen & Heath mixer front-of-house.
Metallica will be performing in Berlin on the 18th/19th of November. Appearing with the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the LD will be John Broderick. The Nine Inch Nails have just announced a five week tour - rehearsals commence late Oct for two weeks, then they're out from the 10th Nov. Roy Bennett designs, Gary Westcott operates. Despite reports in National newspapers that she's having trouble with her voice, Whitney Houston has extended her current tour of Europe until 11th Nov. LSD provide all bar moving lights. Simon Miles designs, Telson James operates. Bryan Adams has also extended due to overwhelming demand. The tour now runs until 10th December. The Pet Shop Boys will open their latest tour in the US at the start of November. Their first in over four years, they have once again employed an architect Zaha Hadid (a female with a reputation to rival Sir Richard Rogers) to design the. Lighting design sees the return of an old favourite, Mark Brickman. Rig details still to be announced, but expect something pretty wild.
AEI Music is launching a unique in-store radio system for the high street retailer, aimed at providing complete control over the shopping environment. The system is available in two packages, each of which is delivered in a conventional radio programme style, complete with DJ links and commercials. The first is a bespoke system, and provides the retailer with a satellite channel that carries music programming, messaging and commercials; the second, the custom radio, benefits from the practical economies of using music programming into which the individual customers' messages are embedded.
Logic System Pro Audio's latest monitor cabinet, the CM20, is currently out on the road with the Deacon Blue reunion tour, which is taking in 12 UK dates. The cabinets were supplied by long-established Logic user EFX Audio of Bathgate, West Lothian. EFX have a long working relationship with the band and report that front man Ricky Ross is reluctant to use any other monitor system, having already used EFX's Logic LS152 monitor system on a number of occasions. Also on the live front, Logic's three-box PA system has recently been used for a series of live concerts for BBC Radio 2 at the Boardwalk in Sheffield. Supplied by Andy Salmon of Midland Sound & Light, the system was used by acts including The Pretenders, Gary Barlow and Jools Holland.
High End Systems has promoted several key sales representatives. HES Canadian sales representative Patrick Bouchard, who has been involved in the Canadian lighting market for many years, has been named High End's Regional Manager in Canada. In another strategic move, the company promoted Charlie Hulme to a new position as sales manager for Lightwave Research Architectural Products. Hulme will oversee sales and distribution, as well as design support of these products through High End's worldwide network.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has worked with organisations across the music and events industry to update its guidance on health and safety at pop concerts and other similar events. The Event Safety Guide - A guide to health, safety and welfare at music and similar events (which replaces the Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Pop Concerts and similar events) is aimed at organisers of everything from major outdoor festivals with thousands of visitors to local concerts for just a few hundred people. The main changes cover more advice on the planning and management, and the guide also outlines how to carry out a risk assessment.
Island East is a massive new commercial and high class residential development in Hong Kong. Its remarkable 'by appointment only' corporate visitor centre includes show areas, meeting rooms and marketing suites tailored to different kinds of customers. One of the key features is a 180° video show, designed by Electrosonic, which uses five Barco 707 projectors, with butted images projected onto a metal mesh. The mesh screen has lighting effects behind and during the show, the centre screen splits to reveal a rear projected image. All video sources are from Electrosonic MPEG2 video servers. Electrosonic ESLINX is used to control the 48 channels of dimming, the video servers, the Peavey X-Frame Media Matrix and the motorised doors.
ATI has appointed European Audio Group (formerly known as GAE Sales UK) to handle distribution of the ATI and API Audio line in Europe. Based in the UK, EAG is a cartel of like-minded distributors who will keep their own names, but be a part of the Group giving ATI/API a solid presence throughout Europe. The ATI Group is the parent company of Audio Toys Incorporated, API Audio and Uptown Automation. Audio Toys manufactures the Paragon mixing console and associated rack mount gear, whilst Uptown Automation manufactures and installs moving fader and mute automation for analog mixing consoles.
Expotus has taken on David Cole as technical sales manager. His eight years engineering tours and designing systems for installs provides him with a good grounding in pro-audio. Coles also brings with him an expert knowledge of product manufacture and technology, gained from his work in R&D and subsequently in technical support at Turbosound.
The M Corporation are to host an open day dedicated to DigiDesign's new Pro Tools 5 software and the new entry level product, Digi001. The day will include a series of seminars and demonstrations, with formal training sessions hosted by DigiDesign's Dan Muchmore. The event will take place at the M Corporation's head office in Ringwood, Hampshire, on November 23rd .
High End Systems formed a new architectural division using the Lightwave Research brand. As a result, the High End brand will be used with entertainment lighting products and the Lightwave Research brand will be used for products developed specifically for the architectural lighting market. The promotion of High End's Charlie Hulme to Architectural Sales Manager for Lightwave products is the company's first appointment to the new division. Hulme will oversee sales and distribution, as well as design support of Lightwave products through High End Systems' worldwide network of manufacturer's reps, dealers and distributors.
Good news for clubland, because there's a brand new clubbing venture on the way for 2000! The former Music Factory, situated on the outskirts of Sheffield's City Centre on London Road, has been taken over under the Gatecrasher Group of Companies. Despite various rumours circulating, this will not be a 'Gatecrasher 2'. The Music Factory is a venue synonymous with Northern clubbing and bears an enviable history of successful club nights. The 1,270 capacity venue has been closed since April this year and will welcome a much-needed interior and exterior refurbishment. Plans for an extensive refurbishment, launch details, plus artist and resident information with a twist will be revealed shortly.
UK distributor Sound Dept has supplied an EAW sound system and Crest amplification to the discotheque Club 2000, which is situated within the Grill complex in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. The installation contract was won by Scotland-based Northern Light following a visit by David Nazir and a demonstration of the system to Paul McGlinshey, owner of the 1,500 capacity venue.Nazir specified four three-way ASV 7652s, which are flown, and four SB528EP subs, configured in pairs and sited under the two dance podiums. A further four EAW MK5194s are used for infills, along with part of the old main dance system which was replaced. A pair of Crest CA18s power the subs, supported by a pair each of CA12s for the bass, CA9s for the mids and CA6s for the tops. The whole system is processed with a Rane DSP device. Nazir has commissioned another EAW/Crest system on behalf of Northern Light, for Polo Lounge club and bar in Glasgow, for King City Leisure.
Audace, the technical services company, has launched a free download demo version of its new audaceNET audio control software. The download is a 32-bit Windows application, available from the company website. Designed for fixed installations and show control applications, audaceNET provides hitherto unattainable levels of control of Allen & Heath's DR series of digital installation mixers. For example, multiple DR units can, for the first time, be controlled from a single Windows interface. Access can be both protected and logged by the system administrator and the software will operate across a computer network allowing control of audio facilities from multiple workstations.
Paul Barretta isn't the only member of Shuttlesound's staff celebrating a recent promotion - his rise to general manager has opened up new opportunities for salesman Sean Maxwell and former customer care/sales administrator Debbie Jones who have now joined the management team as sales manager and office manager respectively. Nigel Meddemmen becomes technical services manager as a reflection of the enlarged scope of his job, which now includes overseeing quality control for EV's new Variplex cinema speakers, as well and service and technical. In addition Graeme Fisher, having joined the company less than a year ago, has made the move from in-house sales to take on a new role as a travelling rep with responsibility for all active accounts in the South East. As a result of these promotions, the company has taken on Martin Wales as its new sales administrator.
A Mach loudspeaker system provides the sound at the Sound Academy, the latest dance venue to open in Ipswich, Suffolk. The privately-owned 650-capacity club has been fitted out with eight MS1262 compact, high performance mid/high boxes and 16 MS1181 compact high performance subwoofers located downstairs, and four MS1262s, eight MS118is and two M125i Installation Series top-boxes upstairs. Sound Academy has instigated a unique membership scheme in which customers do not have to carry cash - special membership cards debit directly from the holder's bank account. Both the sound system and the payment system have proved very popular already - the club currently has over 6,000 members.
Strand Lighting has expanded their SL series to include an architectural version. The new SL Architectural line includes fixed spotlight with beam angles to match their incandescent range of fixed and zoom spotlights. Utilising the new Phillips 150W CDM lamp, the Architectural version provides high light output, cool operation, sharp focus, and pattern projection. Since the introduction of the SL range in April 1999, Strand Lighting has already sold and shipped 15,000 units. The addition of the architectural version will increase the various applications of the SL range.